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CMP backs MGB’s suspension order on Shenzhou mining

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) suspended the operations of Shenzhou Mining Group Corporation in Claver, Surigao del Norte due to excessive siltation along the town’s shoreline. Shenzhou is the Operator of Claver Mineral Development Corporation (CMDC) under Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA) No. 103-98-XIII (SMR)....

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Storm may hit the country this weekend

The low pressure area (LPA) located east of Mindanao has continued to intensify and may become a tropical depression come Friday afternoon, according to state weather forecasters on Thursday (July 26). The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on its 5 p.m. update on Thursday that the LPA was estimated at 470...

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PNP says SONA generally peaceful

As President Benigno Aquino III delivered his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday (July 23), a mass protest was staged by various militant groups which clashed with the Philippine National Police (PNP) along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City. The militant groups numbered at an estimate of 5,380 participants were composed of members...

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Chinese fishing fleet arrives in Spratlys; Navy on standby for deployment

A big fleet of Chinese fishing vessels arrived on July 15 at the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea amid rising tensions between neighboring countries Philippines and China. Said fleet, which left the Chinese province of Hainan on July 12, is composed of 30 fishing vessels. The largest fleet ever launched from the province...

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AFP to NPA: Stop extortion on businessmen and land owners

The Philippine Army said on Monday (July 16) that the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Western Visayas must stop their extortion activities. This was due to the renewed peace talks between the government and the CPP-NPA-NDF. The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) is the mother unit of the rebels, NPA is their armed...

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Carjacking cases decreased, says PNP

The number of carjacking cases has been decreased to almost 26 percent for the period of January to June this year as compared to the same period last year, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP). Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina, Director of the PNP-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), said in a report that for the first six months...

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Luzon launches various projects for Disaster Consciousness Month

In observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month, the local governments, private sector, and other stakeholders launched various activities and campaigns last week. With this year’s theme “Ligtas na Bayan, Maunlad na Pamayanan,” campaigns were launched from the province of Bulacan, which is considered hardest-hit by recent floods, to the province of Cavite, which is...

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Manhunt operation launched against NPA members in Agusan del Sur

After the attacks and kidnapping incidents in Agusan del Sur last week, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has launched a manhunt against members of the New People’s Army (NPA). “At present, we are mounting massive pursuit operations against the group of Sarayat. I cannot just divulge the exact place so as not to...

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Rains in Southern Luzon to continue

Rain will continue to threaten approximately three areas in Southern Luzon, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). This can cause flash floods and landslides in the area, said forecasters on Tuesday (July 10) morning. PAGASA also said scattered rain showers and thunderstorms may fall over Luzon and Visayas. “Ang inter-tropical...